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Members of the ISBA (that’s you!) who were classified as 1L, 2L, or 3L in the 2019-2020 school year qualify to be matched with a mentor.
Why? The ISBA and its more seasoned professionals know your plans have upended and you may benefit from feeling
connected to a more seasoned practitioner. And, let’s face it, all of us could benefit from feeling more connected right now.
A relationship between a mentor and a mentee is a two-way street that is about:
- Listening and advising
- Giving honest feedback
- Being present and open
- Communicating via multiple methods
- Checking in
Ultimately, entering a mentor/mentee partnership could result in, at the very least, the sharing of advice. At the most, this relationship could open the door to a job opportunity.
After being matched, mentors and mentees will communicate freely and:
- Set goals together.
- Share advice.
- Establish times and methods to check in with one another.
- Bounce ideas around; remember the mentee can sometimes offer guidance and new perspectives.
- “Four Tips for Mentees to Make the Most out of Mentoring,” ABA Read article >>
- “Law Students Can Still Network During the Coronavirus Outbreak,” ABA Before the Bar Read article >>
- “What Mentors Wish Their Mentees Knew,” Harvard Business Review Read article >>
- “Social Distancing Doesn’t Have to Disrupt Mentorship,” Harvard Business Review Read article >>
- “How to Catch and Keep a Quality Mentor,” themuse.com Read article >>
We’ve reached out to your potential employers to encourage them to maintain their internship programs, adapt their programs, and open positions. We know you’ve had to adapt your plans and we are working with would-be employers to reimagine theirs.
What can you do?
- Keep your eyes on new openings on your school’s job boards. Positions from ISBA members will be posted there.
- Consider your internship as a mentorship and keep your focus on experience.
- Look for positions that have a shorter timeline or offer part-time work.
- Find a job that aligns with your legal interests but is not necessarily a legal internship. Being able to understand and empathize with non-attorneys in your fields.
- Write and publish. It’s a great resume-builder and opportunity to work with practitioners in your field. Connect with Jenna Parson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be a contributor for Res Gestae.
Free resume review
As a members of the ISBA, you can have your resume evaluated before sending it out to potential employers. Get started on our Career Center, where you’ll see a feature box for Resume Review. Click Upload Resume. Log-in using your ISBA username and password, and follow the steps to upload your resume. Within 48 hours you will receive an email outlining your strengths and weaknesses and suggestions to ensure you have the best chance of getting interviewed! Get started >>
- “Online Job Interview Tips and Suggestions,” Indeed.com Read article >>
- “How to Ace an Online Job Interview,” wired.com Read article >>
- “Coronavirus is Upending Summer Internships—How to Make Your Mark if your Internship is Now Virtual,” MarketWatch, April 23, 2020, Elisabeth Buchwald
Read article >>
- “How to Score an Internship during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” theconversation.com
Read article >>